Visit Geek Free Vancouver.
Purchase old broken cpu’s.
Now you have to clean them up -
Harmful? One guy on the internet says “I’ve been touching thermal cream daily for years, and I’m not dead yet” (but you have lost your sense of safety awareness me-thinks).
So, blue gloves on, face-mask, perhaps and 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol to you and me) swabbed onto a bit of John’s old Tee and away we go.
It feels so good. I don’t have all the goodies out, that those of you who have seen my studio know I like to be surrounded by:- beads and bling from the souks of Oman, raffia from Nigeria, powdered earth from Oman, Indigo balls from Nigeria, buttons, needles, scissors and threads from absolutely everywhere I have lived. Far too many skeins of half-used wool, half used fat quarters of fabric, papers, plastics, wire and fibre optic cable.... you name it I probably have it.
But half of it all is still in boxes. Nonetheless (I love using that word for some reason), I am back to working in my studio and it does feel good.
First job today: to create shadow puppets and then there was a need for some of my shibori creatures to be waterproof, so I made some out of ironed bubble wrap.
The amazing thing is that I found all the materials and equipment I needed. So I am smiling.
Here are the creatures sitting on a piece of remnant black (think negative space ) de-puppeted card-stock.
Congratulations to Margaret Nazon who will be the next Artist in Residence on Saltspring Island, for the month of December. If you would like to know more about her work go here, where you will read about her stellar bead work and her interest in fish scale embroidery.
And you can attend a two day workshop with Margaret working with fish scales too - visit the Saltspring Arts Council website here - and sign up.
Sorry - but... I refuse to be any different now to how I was last week...
I mean I wont let all the lovely things that are being said to me and about my art, go to my head.
I still slop about in jeans and my SNNAP T-shirt.
I still prevaricate about what creative endeavour to throw myself at.
I still have sleepless nights about this falling off the ceiling beam at Artspring, Saltspring Island.
Memory Hive - Karin Millson, 2017
Image offset due to layout constraints, sorry.
One lady said to me that this piece would look great scaled up. It is 6' tall now but I know, I know. I have dreamt of my works filling huge spaces and I would love to do just that, make them bigger.
If there is anyone out there who knows Architectural folks who might be interested in speaking to me.. please let me know. After all, why do I spend my time putting stuff up here if not to ask for help now and again. Networking - Karin-style!
I am a classically trained artist, so I come without any business sense... That is something that the Saltspring Arts Council might be able to help me with. (By the way, should there be an apostrophe in there somewhere? I certainly think so)
Here is a detail.
Which is the most important gallery representing me? Is it Fine Art America or my home grown Kreative Momentum. I guess it is KM. This is the gallery that will be given credit in my "tag line" at the Parallel Show. If you have come here after linking via that Tagline, welcome. If you wish to email me go here. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today I am packing "Memory Hive" for transport to The Parallel Show." It is going to be nerve wracking. That sort of artwork is usually assembled on location. (mage coming soon). Below is a recent tryptic, I challenged myself to create in fibre what I had created in acrylic paint, and various types of paper. Go in close and examine it. Did I succeed? Let me know via a comment below.